Our Vision:

Thriving American Cities

From Richmond, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, many cities across the nation continue to face significant economic challenges. These cities – and the people who live there – are essential to the nation’s economic future. With the right leaders, collaborating partners, new solutions and bold actions, these places and their people can achieve economic turnarounds and prosper.

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Planning & Implementation

We partner with elected local leaders in economically challenged communities to develop and implement recovery strategies.

Peer Learning

We facilitate opportunities for local leaders to connect and share insight, experience, and challenges with their peers in other cities.


We conduct research to provide local leaders and state and federal policymakers with information they need to adopt policies that foster economic revitalization in economically challenged cities.

Success Story

A Cross-Cutting Approach in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio is an inner ring suburb of 45,000 residents that has lost nearly 10% of its population since 2000. Working with the city manager, the Network provided advice on how the city could best facilitate redevelopment of a failing, privately-owned, 65-acre mall, practical support for better using technology and data to drive code enforcement, and a strategy for the launch of a partnership with a community development corporation to drive neighborhood revitalization.

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Though risk of contracting #Covid19 on #transit is low when riders take precautions, fear of transmission is real. To boost ridership during, after vaccine rollout, @SEPTA + @DrexelUniv are conducting safety research: by @PatriciaMadej for @phillyinquirer

We talked to a half-dozen health experts on the real risks behind riding SEPTA

“There’s pretty good confidence that mass transit is not going to be a major source of spread when people take the proper precautions.&#82...


More FCC funding has been allocated to expand broadband in Ohio and other parts of #rural Appalachia, but exactly who will be connected by providers is not yet known, and some places already know they won't be: by @cadoyle18 for @DispatchAlerts

'Cautiously optimistic': Federal funding to expand rural broadband in Ohio

Federal funding from the FCC will expand broadband to over 400,000 rural Ohioans, exciting politicians and advocates, but not without some skepticism.


Mortgage delinquencies were up 2.4% year-over-year in Oct, including sharp jumps in small metros like hard-hit Lake Charles, Louisiana, but a lower rate than the month before: by Molly Boesel for @CoreLogicInc

Serious Delinquencies Inch down

In October 2020, 6.1% of home mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due, including those in foreclosure) , a small decreas...


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